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Manage an ESE

Check out these resources that can help you manage the day-to-day work of running a successful ESE.

Welcome to the dynamic world of managing an Employment Social Enterprise (ESE), where each day presents intricate challenges and exciting opportunities. This phase of the journey requires a skillful approach to navigate through the complexities of day-to-day operations, scaling resources, and preserving the heart of your social mission.

Effective management is the linchpin that holds it all together. It means aligning your workforce, refining your processes, and optimizing your systems to meet the ever-evolving demands of running an ESE, all while ensuring that your organization’s unique social impact goals remain at the forefront of your operations.

As you steer your ESE towards success, adapting your strategies for leadership, communication, and stakeholder engagement is vital. These are the tools that will assist your ESE’s social impact while facilitating sustainable growth. It’s about leading with purpose, communicating your mission effectively, and engaging with stakeholders who share your commitment to making a difference.

Managing an ESE is a balancing act—a dance between the world of business and the realm of social impact. It’s a journey that demands resilience, innovation, and an unwavering dedication to your mission. But it’s also a journey that’s incredibly rewarding, as you witness the positive change your ESE brings to individuals and communities.

So, welcome to the world of managing an Employment Social Enterprise, where every challenge is an opportunity, and where your leadership will shape the future of your organization and the lives it touches. Together, we can continue to build a world where social good and sustainable growth go hand in hand. Get ready to lead, inspire, and make a lasting impact.

Resources For Your Journey

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Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Continuing Education Series: Business Model Canvas & Customer Experiment

Get a refresh on (or an introduction to) using the business model canvas to envision a future-state business and then testing the critical assumptions that underpin your ability to achieve that future state. The session will focus on filling in a business model canvas and identifying the most critical underlying assumptions and exploring the concept of lean experimentation.
Employee Success Program | Manage a Social Enterprise

Continuing Education Series: Strengthen Program Design Pt.3: Post-Employment

In this final session with The Hub at New Moms we look at the last part of the enterprise experience: successfully making the leap to a new job. We’ll explore the relationship between goodness-of-fit matching and Executive Skills, and we’ll reference promising and best practices for post-employment program design, including case studies and new tools.
Employee Success Program | Manage a Social Enterprise

Continuing Education Series: Strengthen Program Design Pt.2: During Employment

The focus of session 2 will be on the onboarding, employment, and performance management phase of the participant experience. You'll be prompted to draw the connections between program design, environmental modifications, and goal progression within your own programs.
Employee Success Program | Manage a Social Enterprise

Continuing Education Series: Strengthen Program Design Pt.1: Pre-Employment

During this session we will explore the initial stages of interacting with potential employees including recruiting and outreach; interviewing and hiring; and onboarding and expectation-setting. Specifically, we'll cover the concepts behind the science of scarcity and the stages of readiness for change.
5 minutes | Leadership & Talent | Grow a Social Enterprise

Board Composition Survey Template

Part of effective board governance is to keep in mind the expertise, skills and demographics that you ideally wish to have represented on our board, and then surveying board membership to identify gaps that may be targeted for future board recruitment. This sample survey breaks down board composition by: professional expertise, areas of influence, and demographic information.
6 minutes | Leadership & Talent | Manage a Social Enterprise

Sample Board Member & Board Officer Job Description

Board job descriptions play a crucial role in ensuring that board members assume their roles as nonprofit officers with a sense of comfort and clarity. This resource gives you a place to start and is editable so that you can tailor it to meet your org's needs.
12 minutes | Leadership & Talent | Manage a Social Enterprise

Board Self-Evaluation Tool

This tool is designed to be used as an annual or biennial board self-evaluation. It seeks to help a board answer the question: what are we as a board now doing well and what can we do better?
6 minutes | Leadership & Talent | Grow a Social Enterprise

Board vs. Staff Responsibilities Chart & Tools Checklist

This chart provides a quick break down of what management/the exec team at an ESE should be responsible for and what the board is responsible for. The checklist lists tools you can use to clarify roles, responsibilities and processes related to governance.
6 minutes | Leadership & Talent | Manage a Social Enterprise

Sample Board Interview Questions & Scoring Sheet

We've provided recommended questions that you can use to enhance your board interview process. We've also included a sample scoring sheet that you can download and tailor to meet your needs.